I remember in my childhood, during the Advent season, making the paper chains to count down to Christmas day. Each day, we would remove a link of the chain, counting the days remaining until Christmas. I continued this tradition with the many children I have cared for in the 20-plus years working in childcare. Growing up, I never really understood what Advent meant and why it was such an important time. Like most children, I just wanted to get to the Christmas celebration.
Through the years, my traditions during the Advent season have changed. Now I understand the importance of the season. I have found new ways to prepare myself for the birth of Jesus on Christmas day. I read Advent devotionals and Bible verses leading up to the Christmas story each day. I take time to reflect on what I am reading and what God is trying to tell me through each of them.
This year, I have decided to do something a little different. At the end of each day during Advent, I am going to take time to reflect on the day. I will spend time to look for ways I have seen God each day. I will then spend time in my art journal creating a page to show my thoughts. I will also write at least a short paragraph to express my thoughts on God’s great work in this world. I feel this will be a wonderful way to keep me focused on what this season is all about and help to prepare my heart and mind for the miracle of Christmas day. It will also be a great way to look back at this season and be reminded of all the wonderful blessings from God.
Lee Ann Simpson, Asbury Campus Administrative Assistant